Forbes: International Order Requires That China Respect Arbitration Ruling


Date: July 12, 2016
Location: Washington, DC

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee and Co-Chairman of the Congressional China Caucus, issued the following statement following the ruling of the UNCLOS Arbitral Tribunal in favor of the Philippines in its maritime disputes with China in the South China Sea:

"Today is China's moment to show, once and for all, the reality of its claim to be a "responsible stakeholder' in the international community. Failure to fully respect the ruling of the arbitration panel would not only expose China's belief in a "might makes right' philosophy for all the world to see- it would also profoundly fray the post-1945 international order that Beijing has been chipping away at for nearly a decade. The United States must stand steadfastly on the side of international law and the peaceful resolution of disputes, and hold China to account for its behavior following this ruling."